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December 11, 2003 | Jessica Garrison, Patrick McGreevy and Sue Fox, Times Staff Writers
His voice quivering with rage, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn condemned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers as "immoral" for contemplating a budget deal that shortchanges cities. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky suggested retaliating by withholding $1.8 billion in property taxes each year from the state -- a step that he acknowledged is illegal.
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December 10, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Frustrated Ventura County officials Tuesday forecast draconian cuts in government services and jobs should Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fail to pay back lost car tax revenue. Ventura County would lose $36 million a year if the governor does not fulfill a promise to make up for the loss of money resulting from last month's repeal of the vehicle license fee increase, said County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston.
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December 10, 2003 | Kimi Yoshino, Dave McKibben and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
Local government officials were plotting worst-case budget scenarios Tuesday as Sacramento lawmakers continued to hold back tens of millions of dollars in vehicle license fees that normally funnel to Orange County and its cities. At a Board of Supervisors meeting, Orange County's chief budget strategist said the possible loss of $55 million in car tax revenue, over a period that supervisors expect will continue through March, could force 30% cutbacks in all county departments.
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December 9, 2003 | Evan Halper and Sue Fox, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise to protect local governments from losing money as a result of the reduction of the state's car tax is set to fail its first test Wednesday. Administration officials have notified cities and counties that the state will be $254 million short on the December car-tax payment to local governments, which originally was scheduled to be $381 million and is due midweek.
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November 18, 2003 | Evan Halper and Sue Fox, Times Staff Writers
The $4-billion tax cut ordered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday brought relief to California car owners, but left open how state lawmakers might now help local agencies pay for police, fire and other services. Asked where the Legislature would find money to reimburse cities and counties as Schwarzenegger has promised, Senate President Pro Tem John L. Burton (D-San Francisco) said, "He ain't getting it from me. "We don't have the money," Burton said.
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November 15, 2003 | Evan Halper and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
California's economy has turned a corner but the billions in extra tax revenue will be dwarfed by a deficit that could reach $14 billion next year, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill reported Friday. In issuing the first cautiously optimistic economic assessment in more than two years, Hill stressed that spending still will outstrip revenues next year and urged lawmakers not to rely on borrowing to close the gap. The state's fiscal problems could be increased by $4 billion a year if Gov.
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November 5, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A state court is threatening to cut California's unpopular car tax, but in a way that has even Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger concerned. As a campaign pledge, Schwarzenegger vowed that upon taking office he would roll back a $4-billion increase in the annual tax residents pay to register their cars and trucks. But he and outgoing Gov.
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October 31, 2003 | Peter Nicholas and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
Arnold Schwarzenegger won the recall race as a fiscal conservative determined to roll back the car tax rate, resist new taxes and cap state spending. With much of Southern California afire, firefighters stretched thin and thousands of people left homeless, the governor-elect's promises will face an early test. Various state and local officials want Schwarzenegger to preserve the car tax rate that tripled under Gov.
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October 21, 2003 | Patrick Mcgreevy and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Alarmed by Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise to reduce the car tax, mayors up and down California are calling, writing and otherwise lobbying the soon-to-be governor to warn him that cutting more money for cities would result in layoffs and threaten public safety. San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales said the mayors of the state's 10 largest cities are trying to schedule a meeting with Schwarzenegger "to find out what his plans are" and convey the mayors' concerns.
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October 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Drivers in the San Joaquin Valley will have to pay an additional $1 fee when they register their vehicles as of Jan. 1 to help cover costs of air pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District voted Thursday to approve the fee hike, expected to raise as much as $2.38 million annually.
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